Precautionary measures are being taken before wedlock to prevent the fatal disease Thalassemia. In addition to making blood screening test mandatory, action is also being initiated to give information on Thalassemia cases to the Registrar of Marriages.
The World Thalassemia Day falls today. The Health Ministry says that children born to a couple infected with the disease will become a major Thalassemia patient. There are around 1600 Thalassemia patients in the country. The number born with the disease annually is 80. It is also reported that 160 marriages were taking place annually among Thalassemia carriers out of the 150 thousand marriages. Sri Lanka spends over 350 million rupees annually on treating Thalassemia patients.
Marking the World Thalassemia Day, a special programme is being organized for tomorrow at the Kurunegala Teaching Hospital.